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NY Times Reports: We Are Giving Ourselves Cancer

The use of medical imaging with high-dose radiation — CT scans in particular — has soared in the last 20 years.  According to the article, While it is difficult to know how many cancers will result from medical imaging, a 2009 study from the National Cancer Institute estimates that CT scans conducted in 2007 will cause a projected 29,000 excess cancer cases and 14,500 excess deaths over the lifetime of those exposed. Given the many scans performed over the last several years, a reasonable estimate of excess lifetime cancers would be in the hundreds of thousands. According to our calculations, unless we change our current practices, 3 percent to 5 percent of all future cancers may result from exposure to medical imaging.

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NY Times Reports: We Are Giving Ourselves Cancer Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Friday, April 11, 2014 Rating: 5

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